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The University of Melbourne's Defence Enterprise

Thursday 10 October
This event is open and complimentary to PACIFIC 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
Click here to register and make your expression of interest to attend (please note that your expression of interest does not guarantee you a place; Numbers at the PACIFIC 2019 complimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).
Port Theatrette, Hall 4, ICC Sydney

The University of Melbourne conducts world-leading research that enables national security and defence systems to operate in an increasingly complex security environment. 
We work with defence industry and government in developing advanced and applied technologies in the areas of Navy, Army, Airforce, Space, Intelligence and National Security.

During the seminar, you will hear about our world-renowned research in hydrodynamics, fuel and propulsion systems, control systems, quantum sensors & computing, sonar, human performance and autonomous systems.

The seminar is suitable for stakeholders across industry, government and academia who are interested in collaborating with the University of Melbourne on research and developing a talent pipeline.


Dr David Simpson
Quantum Sensing Technology; Future Applications in Defence

Dr David Simpson is a lecturer in the physical biosciences within the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne. He obtained his PhD in applied physics from Victoria University in 2008 and has spent the past decade researching and commercialising quantum-based technology. Dr Simpson was part of the team who commercialised the world’s first single photon source (SPS 1.01) for quantum communication applications. His current research focuses on the development of portable high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometers and quantum-based precision magnetometers for medical and defence applications.

Dr Kevin Kevin
Integrating Air-Sea Interaction in Naval Research

Dr Kevin is a Research Engineer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne. His main role is to advance the engagement between Fluids Mechanics Group and industry partners including defence. His current active projects include ship air-wake on unsteady landing deck and the far trailing signature of a submarine.

Prior to this, Dr Kevin was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow with diverse research interests related to experimental turbulence, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics.

Dr Airlie Chapman
Trusted Autonomous Systems and the Melbourne Information, Decision and Autonomous Systems Lab

Dr. Airlie Chapman is a Mechatronics senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is the director of the University of Melbourne Flight Lab and holds a PhD in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the University of Washington.

Her research is in autonomous systems with applications ranging from robotics to aerospace. She has a special interest in multi-agent robotics, or many robots working together to achieve a task. Her research has been supported by ARO, ONR, AFOSR, DSTG and the TAS DCRC. She has worked on pioneering projects with leading aerospace companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and NASA’s JPL.

Dr. Hossein Mokhtarzadeh
State-of-the-art Computer-Based Technologies to Enhance Human Performance

Dr. Hossein Mokhtarzadeh has over 10 years of research and leadership experiences in national, international and multi-disciplinary projects including the ongoing Framingham Heart Study initiated in 1948 at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Hossein’s doctoral research won a national award of Fresh Science as one of the 12 Early Career Researchers in Australia in 2013 (“Fresh Science is a national event which brings together scientists, the media and the public”). The research findings during his PhD reached millions of individuals through major media outlets. He was awarded outstanding researcher award from Stanford University in 2014. In 2015, Hossein joined Bouxsein Lab at Harvard Medical School to study biomechanics of Vertebral Fracture in older adults using a combination of in-vivo and in-silico models. Hossein also received a 2016 Young Investigator Award during the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Conference.

Professor Bill Moran
Optimal Sensing

William Moran is distinguished for his work over a broad range of harmonic analysis. He has made significant contributions, both alone and in collaboration, to our knowledge of measure theory on topological spaces, concrete properties of distributions on the circle, and analysis of non-abelian groups and their representations. So effectively does he share his wide knowledge of modern mathematics, that he exerts an influence still greater than the impressive body of his published work.

Enterprise Professor Len Sciacca

Professor Sciacca has extensive experience in government, industry and research sectors. Throughout his career he has been forming collaborations and partnerships in scientific and engineering environments leading to outcomes with impact. He has led several large defence research and development programs with large teams of scientists and engineers in partnerships between universities, industry and international government agencies.

Professor Sciacca is now an Enterprise Professor – Defence Technologies at The University of Melbourne leading the university’s defence research portfolio. He facilitates industry engagement and promoting entrepreneurism in academia including visionary research and thought leadership.

Further enquiries:
Professor Len Sciacca
Enterprise Professor, Melbourne Defence Enterprise
The University of Melbourne